Welcome to Women Of The Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival 10th November to 26th November 2017. In its inaugural year, this platform was created to celebrate black women and women of colour in the film, digital and broadcast industries, both in front of and behind the camera. Not just a live event in production screenings, we’ll create a professional-led space which supports the career development of black women and women of colour in the industry.
Launching on the 10th Nov 2017 & additional dates: 24th,25th and 26th Nov 2017
- 4 Days of Events
- 5 Panels of Debate
- 8 UK Premiers
- 13 Themes
- 54 Productions
- 2 Historic Venues
- 1 Definitive Festival
10th Nov Special Screening of Spike Lee’s Girl 6
This events kicks off with a special screening of director Spike Lee’s Girl 6, as part of the ‘Women of the Lens’ festival, to be accompanied by a panel discussion.
Judy/Girl 6 (Theresa Randle) is a struggling black actress in Hollywood. She’s having difficulty getting work mostly because of the numerous stereotypes which abound in the industry about black women. Needing to pay her rent and other bills, she finds a job as a phone-sex operator. Soon Judy finds that she gets too engrossed with the telephone work so much so, that it impedes on her sense of reality.
The sexuality of black and brown women have been up for grabs historically. There’s power in sexuality, power for those who own it and power for those who control it. Girl 6 will be a platform for our panel discussion (Friday 10th November, Goldsmiths Curzon) focussing on the attempts of black women who’ve dared to take back what is rightfully theirs. We will be releasing information about our panellists shortly.
See the website for more ticket and programme information for additional Festival dates: www.womenofthelens.com
Showing on Friday 10 November 2017 17:45 (108 Minutes)
10th Nov 2017 – Covering 1 Theme
Theme 1 Can She Get Her Sexy Back?!: The sexuality of black and brown women have been up for grabs historically. The Festival screens Spike Lee’s Girl 6 and will include a panel discussion to challenge the perceptions of black women’s sexuality in film and get back the power of her sex. (Programmed: Friday 10th November, Curzon) Buy Tickets
24th, 25th & 26th Nov 2017 – Covering 13 Themes
Please note: All events below will be @ The Cinema Museum, The Master’s House, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London, SE11 4TH
With 54 productions, 14 Themes, 5 panels of debate, and two historic venues the packed Festival kicks off
with Themes as follows:
Theme 2 – Bonds That Bind: Family comes with many ideological messages. Bound by blood but not always by heart. In this Theme, these messages are explored as people navigate their way through notions of duty, loyalty and love. (Programmed: Friday 24th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 3 – Sugar And Spice And All Things Black Girl: Black girlhood in film is often fraught with representational issues. Cue films such as ‘Girlhood’, ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’, ‘Eve’s Bayou’ and most lately ‘STEP’. Included in this Theme is a panel discussion where conversations will attempt to explore how black girls can reclaim their own innocence within childhood. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 4 – Count On Me: Those people grown up with or those they’ve just met, friendship is an important part of socialisation. This Theme centers on films, which include alternatives to expectations of traditional family that friendships often supersede. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 5 – The Trouble With Women: What are the life experiences that define ‘womanhood’? Are society’s definitions firmly bound? The Trouble With Women Theme offers first-hand experiences. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 6&7 – Who Do You Think You Are?! Chapter One and Two – Tribute To A Classic: For women and other people categorized as ‘minorities’, the concept of identity is an ever-present one. The Festival was overwhelmed with submissions in this Theme, so much so that there’re two different screenings. The Festival also pays tribute to the film Burning An Illusion, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Menelik Shabazz. The screening will be preceded by a panel discussion and introduction of the film. (Programmed: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets for Chapter 1 / Buy Ticket for Chapter 2
Theme 8 – We’ve Been Here Before: Migration and immigration are subject maters not far away from the top of any political or social discussion. There were healthy productions covering this important topic, which seek to position a point of view from those described as ‘migrants’ and/or ‘immigrants’. The films show the
importance of the movement of people across the globe. (Programmed: Sunday 26th November, The
Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 9 – Free Form Artists: An entrancing Theme that is filled with creative artists truly finding undifferentiated, boundary-free self-expression through dance, music, animation and craft. (Programmed: Sunday 26th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 10 – Lost Civilisations: This Theme channels the history and traditions surrounding civilisations of the past, physically, and romantic notions of tradition and culture. The films take audiences on journeys to locations where civilisations come under threat and what that might mean to wider society. (Programmed: Sunday 26th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 11 – City-Scape Dramas: What does life look like under the shadow of an urban sprawl? Screenings in this Theme are about relationships that are influenced by ‘the city’ almost as a character in and of itself, and
the peculiar human bonds cities bear. (Programmed: Sunday 26th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 12 – Self-Well, Self-Full, Well-Ness, Well-Being: Mental health is a subject which is still a taboo subject in society and one which is rarely discussed without fear and uncertainty. This is often reflected in film. This attitude towards mental health often keeps people isolated, harbouring feelings that they are alone. These films are accompanied by a panel discussion, which attempts to unpack our issues around mental wellbeing.
(Programmed: Friday 24th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 13 – Power In The Feminine: Taking power in self and one’s sexuality is powerful and is a Theme the Festival will run throughout. This selection of film embodies the feminine and takes pleasure in desire, autonomy, choice and acceptance of self in whatever form. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
Theme 14 – What Is Broadcast Today?: Whether or not one works in the industry, it’s often difficult to imagine a time without the internet. As technology progresses and advertising revenues fluctuate between traditional and alternative platforms of broadcast, the blurring of what we’d understood to be broadcast has changed. The panel discussion will include conversations that try to offer new definitions of Broadcast. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November, The Cinema Museum) Learn more – Buy Tickets
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